Lime Rock’s Bull Ring to Red Bull’s own Austrian Ring
COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 19, 2018) – AERO Sustainable Paint Technology will be featured on both the North American and European continents this weekend as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads to Lime Rock Park while the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) returns to competition at Red Bull Ring.
Back on American soil after racing north of the border at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), the high-speed “Bull Ring” of Lime Rock Park begs for a streamlined and light car for ultra-fast laps around the 1.5-mile circuit in Connecticut. Two IMSA GT-Le Mans squads, Corvette Racing and BMW RLL, will represent AERO Sustainable Paint as the series heads to Lime Rock Park for the Northeast Grand Prix.
Also in action at Lime Rock will be Compass Racing, which has already had a robust season of winning thus far in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
Racing just down the road from the North American headquarters of BMW, the AERO-equipped Team BMW-RLL has utilized the lightweight properties of the technology well in the first year of the all new M8 platform and will chase another podium finish at Lime Rock to follow on last year’s performance with the No. 24 and No. 25 BMW rockets.
The team will debut a Mission: Impossible - Fallout livery in support of the latest chapter of the successful movie series. The “Mission: Impossible” partnership between BMW and Paramount Pictures dates back to 2011 and has already provided movie fans with several classic moments of cinematic history.
“I had my first win with BMW at Lime Rock (2013) and Martin Tomczyk and I finished third there last year in the M6 after a great battle with one of the Corvettes so the track holds some good memories for me,” said John Edwards, driver No. 24 BMW M8 GTE. “Many folks come up from the BMW of North America headquarters so we always can count on a lot of support.”
But that path to the podium might have some yellow in the way, as the two Corvette Racing machines look to build on their run to second and third at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park as the IMSA factory battle intensifies through a three race run into August. The boys in yellow head into the 1.5-mile track with momentum of the team’s first double podium of the season at CTMP, earned after slipping through the air to make excellent fuel economy and generate a useful pit advantage in Canada.
Winning IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge races, and looking good doing so, Compass Racing has done an outstanding job to represent AERO Sustainable Paint Technology in the field. The four-car team has made history this season, including a complete podium sweep at Mid-Ohio in the TCR class earlier this year.
The IMS Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race will take place this Saturday, July 21st at 11:10 a.m. ET which will then be followed by the two hour and 40-minute IMSA WeatherTech race will take the green flag at 3:10 p.m. ET.
AERO Sustainable Paint Technology will once again take to the international stage as United Autosports returns to race action following its IMSA outing at Watkins Glen and will continue that for both the Michelin Le Mans Cup as well as the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) at the Red Bull Ring in Austria this weekend.
Set in the Styrian Mountains, the scenic 2.683-mile event is a stellar example of what happens when the natural landscape is well-preserved. 42 entries are set for ELMS action in LMP2, LMP3, and LMGTE classes with four United Autosport liveries carrying the AERO advantage. Two entries will look for LMP2 honors with Philip Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque piloting the No. 22 Ligier JS P217, while William Owen, Hugo Sadeleer, and Wayne Boyd co-drive the No. 32 Ligier JS P217.
The closest thing man has yet developed to VOC-free paint, AERO Sustainable Paint Technology also brings the advantage of skipping the toxicity that comes with normal paint application and streamlines every one of the United Autosports entries with AERO.
2017 ELMS LMP3 Champions John Falb and Sean Rayhall will take on the 18-car LMP3 field in their No. 2 Ligier JS P3 looking for a win this season after a runner up finish in last year’s edition of the Red Bull Ring race. They will be joined by United Autosports teammates Anthony Wells, Garret Grist, and Matthew Bell in the No. 3 Ligier JS P3 who sit fourth in the LMP3 championship.
The Austria weekend also marks the racing return of the Michelin Le Mans Cup following the post-Le Mans break.
Coming off of one of the most anticipated race weekends of the year for the Road to Le Mans at Circuit de la Sarthe, the United Autosports squad is now looking to get back in racing action at the Red Bull Ring. Christian England will rejoin Richard Meins behind the wheel of the No. 23 Gulf Marine-liveried Ligier JS P3. The duo which have had a frustrating start to the season will be looking to improve on their championship results.
Also competing in the Michelin Le Mans cup this weekend is English ace, Matt Bell and his American co-driver Jim McGuire in the No. 22 AERO Ligier JS P3, with the team also hosting the first-year pairing of Naj Husain and recent IMSA race winner Colin Braun in the No. 32 Ligier.
“This season has been exciting – the field has been massive and the tracks are legendary,” said McGuire. “Driving with Matt (Bell) has been great. Obviously, we want to be higher in the championship points, but we’ve put in a solid effort in our AERO painted Ligier JS P3. Paul Ricard, Monza, and Le Mans are all behind us now and I’m looking forward to the Red Bull Ring in Austria. There are some nice, fast straights from start/finish to turn four, which should allow for an exciting start and 120 minutes of great racing. We’re going to push hard for these last three races and hope to score some good points for ourselves and for the team.”